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Happy Teachers Change the World

It makes sense, right? Happy teachers change the world, and at Delaware Valley Friends School we know for a fact--and benefit every day--from the teachers among us who are working to create a balanced, mindful, peaceful learning environment, not just for students but for the faculty and staff, as well. DVFS Upper School faculty member Elizabeth Kriynovich is one of those teachers.

Through her teaching, her work with the Yoga Club, and as a …

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DVFS Leads the Way in Requiring Girls Lacrosse Helmets

In August of 2016, U.S. Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body, announced its decision to make helmets optional for all levels of girls lacrosse. At the high school level, each state's athletic association makes the decision whether or not to adopt this new rule. Pennsylvania decided to accept the recommendation for optional helmets in the girls’ game.

This is the first-ever performance standard for women’s lacrosse headgear and was …

Posted by kelly in Current Research, Athletics, Sports on Tuesday April 25 at 01:09PM
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DV's Multisensory Math Approach Energized by Visiting Specialist

For two days in late March, DV welcomed Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT to observe and share her wealth of knowledge in Multisensory Math as a way to best meet the needs of our student population on all levels. Multisensory Math is rooted in the Orton-Gillingham tradition of language instruction, using methods to include Kinesthetic, Tactile, Visual, Auditory, and Expressive sensory areas to support student understanding of math concepts and …

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Supreme Court ruling a win for special-ed students

Last Wednesday was a great day for special-education students in the United States. Our frequently divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Endrew F. v Douglas County School District that public schools are required to provide free and appropriate educational placements, which lead to more than de minimis (meaning trivial or minimal) student progress.

Instead, the court advised that the "educational…

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A Heartwarming DV Basketball Story

Last December, on Friday Dec. 16, DVFS hosted an exhibition basketball game with teams comprised of alumni & faculty vs current students. The game was played in the DV gym during the last period of the school day so that students and faculty, and their fans, could attend. In a heartwarming personal commentary, the referee for the game, Bob Gottschall, wrote a piece for Referee Magazine that was recently published in their April 2017 issue.

Posted by kelly in Athletics on Thursday March 30
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DV Community Honors Tom Lees

On Thursday, March 9, the DVFS community celebrated our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Tom Lees. We presented him with a framed photograph to show our appreciation for everything Tom does to enhance community life at Delaware Valley Friends School. The photos in the frame show Tom with groups of students who have worked with him in recent years on diversity issues. The mat surrounding the photos was signed by members of the current student …

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On Music and Teaching Students with Learning Differences

Delaware Valley Friends School English and music teacher Tim Simmons was recently interviewed on a radio show called "Ethereal". The program is hosted by Karla Haas Moskowitz, a faculty member in Goddard College's Graduate School of Education. Tim is in the Master's Degree program at Goddard, located in Vermont. He was recently in Vermont for a week of classes when this interview took place.

Tim and Karla spent almost two hours discussing teaching…

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Don’t Let Homework Get in the Way of Your Child’s Education

Tired of hours spent around the dining room table fighting with your kids about homework?

Frustrated by calls from your child’s teachers about incomplete or incorrect homework assignments?

Overwhelmed by trying to teach your kids subjects you barely remember (or maybe never understood) from your days in school?

Is any of this really helping your child learn?

At Delaware Valley Friends School we have an approach to homework that helps restore …

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Four Strategies to Help Parents Support Students with Executive Function Difficulties

The following article was originally published in the Main Line Neighbors email newsletter on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, mainlineneighbors.com:

Every family is different but when families have children with executive function (EF) difficulties there are distinct similarities. Rooms are a mess despite requests for them to be cleaned. Homework is not completed and if it is completed it is often not handed in. Long-term projects are completed the …

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Faculty Led Professional Development

by David Calamaro, Associate Head of School and Academic Dean

I am a firm believer that the best learning occurs for students when faculty are the instructional experts. “Professional learning communities” in education may take many different forms depending on the size and culture of the school, everything from informal lunch discussions initiated by faculty about current topics in education, to formalized programs that link to faculty evaluation…

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